MRLF endorses advocate
Judy Moe in special election for Richfield City Council, Ward 3
From the Minneapolis Labor Review, January 25, 2019
By Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review editor
MINNEAPOLIS — Delegates to the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO voted January 9 to endorse disability rights advocate Judy Moe in a coming special election for Richfield City Council, Ward 3.
The special election will be Tuesday, February 12.
Polls will be open on election day from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the three regular polling locations for Richfield’s Ward 3.
Early voting is already underway, either by mailing-in an absentee ballot or by voting in-person at the Richfield Municipal Center.
The special election will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of incumbent Ward 3 City Council Member Maria Regan Gonzalez, who was elected Mayor of Richfield in November 2018.
For more information about the special election, visit www.richfieldmn.gov/departments/city-clerk/voter-services.
Special Election Tuesday,
February 12, 2019
Richfield City Council
Judy Moe: AFL-CIO endorsed
“We have three wards in Richfield and Ward 3 is very unique,” Moe says. “It’s disproportionately low income, people of color, people with disabilities.”
“I felt like the City Council needs a person like me… someone who is one of the people and actually living the struggles,” Moe says.
“I’ve been a disability advocate for over 20 years,” says Moe. She also is a home health care worker. In addition to working part-time as a direct support staff for Fraser, which supports special needs individuals and their families, she also cares for her daughter, who is disabled, and for her mother, who has dementia.
Moe has lived for five years in Richfield.
She is a member of CURE, a community-union affiliate of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota.
Moe knows well the benefits of union membership. When her family lived in Wisconsin, her father got a job as a union foundry worker. “That was the first time we purchased a house, the only house we ever owned when I was a kid,” she says.
“I know it was a very good-paying job — and it was hard work, too,” she remembers. “He came home filthy every day.”
“I’m committed to supporting the union members in the community,” Moe says. “I recognize they are the backbone of our community. Richfield from the beginning has been a blue-collar community and it’s still that way.”
Moe noted that Maria Regan Gonzalez, the former Ward 3 Council Member who is now Richfield Mayor, is a strong union supporter.
“I want to carry that on,” Moe says. “I am committed that we continue to provide a good, safe, family community.”
Moe says maintaining affordable housing — for renters and for homeowners — and improving public transit are among her top concerns.
She’s brimming with practical, common sense solutions which she’s already been advancing with local city officials.
Moe has been endorsed by newly-elected Richfield Mayor Maria Regan Gonzales. Moe’s other endorsements include former Richfield Mayor Pat Elliott, Hennepin County Commissioner Debbie Goettel, former state legislator and current Richfield Ward 2 City Council Member Edwina Garcia, and former state legislator Linda Slocum.
Richfield’s Ward 3 is comprised of the eastern one-third of the city.